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Phantom…Lights on Yorktown!!!

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Beautiful, warm (71 degrees) weather on the Yorktown today. Everything is marvelous and the seas are calm. Here is an image of three of our stalwart Friday volunteers as they roamed the flight deck in the spring weather in front of our F-4J Phantom.

Volunteers Tom Waldron, Lloyd Conard and Dick West stand in front of our F-4J Phantom.

Volunteers Tom Waldron, Lloyd Conard and Dick West stand in front of our F-4J Phantom.

Our F-4J served as Blue Angel number 5 (lead solo position) back in its prime.  The Blue’s flew Phantoms from January 1969 to August 1973.  A superb show bird, but Phantoms were built for something more deadly…

Blue Angel Phantoms, #5 is the Patriots Point bird, Buno. 153077.

Blue Angel Phantoms, #5 is the Patriots Point bird, Buno. 153077.

The F-4J was the first Navy/Marine Corp fighter to have a look down, shoot down capability. Randy Cunningham, Top Gun graduate,  used the aircraft to its maximum as a war machine. He was the Navy’s only ace in Vietnam flying the F-4J. Hear his amazing story in his own words on this video.

Next time you are in Charleston and crossing the Cooper River into Mount Pleasant, notice the new lights on the USS Yorktown (CV-10) lighting up the ship.

USS Yorktown at night, February 2009.

USS Yorktown at night, February 2009.

The immense aircraft carrier is now the “LARGEST” billboard for Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, even at night when the weather is nasty and the seas are pitching. She will be here to welcome you home…”Three quarters of a mile…Call the ball!”

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